Carlos Marmol exits with hand cramp
MESA, Ariz. -- Carlos Marmol was believed to only have a cramp in his pitching hand when he was removed from his outing Tuesday.
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The Chicago Cubs' closer was pitching to the Texas Rangers' Mike Olt with two outs in the seventh inning when he began flexing his right hand. He received a visit on the mound from manager Dale Sveum and a team trainer.
"When I talked to him, he said it's something he's had before and it always seems to happen in spring training," Sveum said. "It's just a cramp in his hand and there is nothing in his elbow or forearm or anything like that."
Marmol will still undergo an MRI as a precaution. He actually requested to stay in the game but Sveum elected to play it safe.
Marmol, who has had an up-and-down spring, is coming off a rough 2011 when he blew 10 save opportunities, the most in baseball.
On Tuesday, he was working on a third consecutive scoreless outing after a two-game stretch where he gave up a combined seven runs and failed to protect leads in both.
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